Representing the Japan Football Association (JFA) in the Football Coaches Conjference are Mr. Noriyuki Kawamata and Ms. Miho Sakao.
Mr. Kawamata is the Coach Education Associate Director of the JFA. He was also the goalkeeping coach of the Japan Men’s National Team during the FIFA Confederations Cup Korea-Japan 2001 and the FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan 2002.
Mr. Kawamata holds an AFC Pro Coaching License, and is a JFA International Coaching Course Instructor.
On the second day of the conference, Mr. Kawamata will discuss the technical needs in developing youth players and the model of training center approach used by the JFA.
Ms. Sakao is an academy coach in the JFA Fukushima Academy. Previously, Ms. Sakao was the head coach of the MSV Duisburg Girls Under-16 team.
She was also head coach of the Japan Girls Under-16 national team which finished runners up in the AFC Girls Under-16 Championships 2007.
Ms. Sakao holds an AFC “A” Coaching License and a UEFA B Coaching License.
On the third day of the conference, Ms. Sakao will share JFA’s best practices in developing women footballers.